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UPDATE: Three adults displaced and dogs injured in house fire

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CFD Lt. Paul Chapin attempted to provide oxygen and water to the dog, which was suffering from burns and smoke inhalation, but it was too combative. The dog was later handed off McKamey Animal Center. Photo by Bruce Garner//CFD CFD Lt. Paul Chapin attempted to provide oxygen and water to the dog, which was suffering from burns and smoke inhalation, but it was too combative. The dog was later handed off McKamey Animal Center. Photo by Bruce Garner//CFD

UPDATE: Chattanooga Fire investigators tell us that Sunday afternoon's house fire on Line Street displaced three adults. 

Volunteers with the American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee have been called to the scene to assist the family with essentials, such as a temporary place to stay and help with food, clothing and medicine. 

Channel 3 visited the three dogs at McKamey Monday. They're all recovering and will be back with their owners soon.

McKamey said one dog was inside the home and  had to be treated for smoke inhalation. The other two, it said, were outside the home and are doing okay.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


PREVIOUS STORY: Chattanooga fire investigators are trying to figure out what started a house fire Sunday afternoon that left two dogs seriously injured. 

The Chattanooga Fire Department received the alarm at 2:20 p.m. and responded to the home on Line Street with five fire companies. 

Investigators tell us smoke and flames were visible when the first firefighters arrived on the scene. The house appears to have been renovated several times, which created false ceilings, walls and other hidden spaces that made it difficult for the firefighters to get to the fire.

No people were found inside the structure, but firefighters found two dogs fairly quickly. One was chained up outside in the front yard, and another was inside the house.

 Firefighters used a pet rescue mask to administer oxygen to one of the dogs as it was showing symptoms of smoke inhalation. The dog's condition improved and it was handed off to personnel with McKamey Animal Center. 

A few minutes later, a third dog was found in an attached outbuilding and it appears it was suffering from significant burns and smoke inhalation. 

Firefighters attempted to administer oxygen to the dog, but it was too combative and was handed off to McKamey Animal Center personnel. 

Investigators tell us the house was considered a total loss and the remaining walls and debris presented a hazard to the surrounding neighborhood, so as a result the city public works was going to be called in to demolish the rest of the house. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 

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